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REAL VALUE OF SILVER CANADIAN DOLLAR

Now everyone knows The other day, a friend of mine needed to sell some Canadian Siver Dollars. It was easy to identify the general run of the coins, but there was a little wrench in the machinery. Dots. Yup, large, small, and medium dots. By the time I got it all figured out, I am seeing dots. Here is the answer. On the 1966 there are a couple of different versions; The bead around the edge of the coins come in three sizes, small, medium, and yup you guessed it, large. Seems the diffe

CaptBrian

CaptBrian

12/12/2013

37 GOLD COINS JUST GOT RESULTS FROM GRADING

Gold coins from Europe,Columbia,Austraila etc, IN GOLD WE TRUST NGC coin list back.. not bad at all, two not genuine, ( are gold though ) low end one coin poorly cleaned, so got an "XF details" grade.., one low grade XF35 and 3 - XF40, and 5 XF45... 8 in the AU range, [not too bad], and 15 in high grade, better than would be expected for almost half of the coins to come back in the MS range. Lots more fun than stox...Can;t wait to add them to my registry... HAVE FUN The Lost Navigator

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CaptBrian

07/20/2010

Last Year of the Roman Numeral Gold Eagles

Last year of issue, and all PF70 Ultra Cameo Adoption Central was open again last week, (actually the trading room was open) and I traded away two sets of Indians MS61, 1908 - 1929 for this set of four coins which are the last of the Roman Numeral Gold coins. (and some cash) (I still have two sets of the MS62 Indians,same dates) I guess folks who could not read the Roman Numerals got mixed up in what year they were trying to fill in, and away they went, (Roman Numerals on coins that is) Wh

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CaptBrian

02/10/2014

Franklin Mint Proof Set

Franklin Mint Philippines Proof set Here is a picture of the proof set. Totally different from your picture and coinage. Just wanted your comment on it. Capt. Brian To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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01/06/2013

Worlds most valueable coin. (well, close cousin)

220 years old. Quite an addition I recently traded 12 of my last lesser coins for one that will crown my collection as the oldest one. USA type. It is a 1795 FLOWING HAIR S$1. In XF40 Two years ago, at a Stacks and Bower auction my coins cousin sold for $10,016,875. The mouth watering desiree the 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar, a suberb Gem Specimen, finest known to exist. So, while the purchasing power of our US$ has gone down over the years, the value of our coins increases in value

CaptBrian

CaptBrian

04/16/2015

 

Stuck in Neutral

Dear Dad, no mon, no fun your son... Well, all my funds for adding to my collection are used up. Any funds coming in, will be needed for taxes, ROTH IRA, and SEP IRA. Does anyone know if or how we can buy coins, [registerd coins] and have them in our retirement accounts. This is probably my last year for adding funds to those accounts so it is imperative I stop playing for a few minutes and pay attention to retirement. I am already going into the shakes, has been a month already since I ha

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CaptBrian

07/07/2011

TO STICKER OR NOT TO STICKER

Do we need CAC, MAC and now PQ? Scrape off those stickers! I know evolution is a reality for many things. I'm sure coin grading is well involved (or should I say, ensnared) in a manufactured market regarding our wonderful coins. I started collecting before all this static came into the picture. I first saw the pretty glitter of physical silver and gold and as you know, if you have been following me, was enticed into numismatics as physicals became boring and not a lot different from tradin

CaptBrian

CaptBrian

03/10/2015

B E W A R E again...

Want to hit a homer, go play for the Yankees Yup, got it again, the sumpthin' for nuttin' disease. Or we could call it, the "if its too good to be true, it probably is." I've been hit worse, but this comes awful close. I bought 14 Morgans back in May. Well, just got the results back from grading expedition to Sarasota. 7 of them were adulterated (<--sp?) or details. Seems people still like to clean their coins [when will the word get out NOT to clean them AT ALL? Leave that to the

CaptBrian

CaptBrian

07/14/2011

2010 Registry Award Best in Catagory..

Surprise suprise...My lil ole 1829 $2.5 AU55 got top honors. 2010 Registry Award Top ranked set in the NGC Registry for CAPPED HEAD QUARTER EAGLES, SMALL SIZE, 1829-1834 THIS ONE IS THE 1829 Quarter Eagle $2.5 Gonna buy me an extra martini tonight. Capt Brian To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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02/08/2011

20th Anniversary Edition Silver American Eagle Collection

The first 20 years of the most beautiful coin in the world. The American Silver Eagles I am working diligently completing my 'polishing up' of my sets, pictures, and discriptions of my collections. It will take a while. I know there are some pictures here that need to be cleaned up, and I will get to it ASAP, but enjoy as I have them for now. I also just aquired 42 more ASE's for my stash, and I just can't get enough. The last 42 are not grading coins, just believe in silver. HAVE FUN

CaptBrian

CaptBrian

07/02/2010

Understanding Toned Coins

Do not tone it down Coin toning can actually up or lower the value of coins. Natural coin toning can be quite beautiful. It can also be quite ugly. And because beauty is often times in the eye of the beholder, placing a value on a coin due to its toning can present problems. Should you pay extra or less for toned coins? After all, a coin that is toned is going through a form of corrosion, right? We are talking about a discoloration or patina that forms due to reactions to the metal with

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CaptBrian

03/04/2015

Should I grade all of these?

Should I or should I not? Only my grader knows for sure. I think I have discovered my real reason for messing with coins and paper money. It is the chase, the hunt, the quest for the holy grail as it were. Yes, I buy Ag and Au due to the investment fact I feel metals will rise in price enough to cover buying stocks and waiting for good news. Economically, I feel over the longer haul of 2 - 4 years, my bullion coins will surpass the best of the stocks and indices. BUT... It is the fun

CaptBrian

CaptBrian

02/19/2013

B E W A R E the fakirs, charlatans and dementors (2)

Coin holders beware of fakes. To the discerning eye, a fake or 'non-standard' coin holder or slab is readily apparant. So this journal is probably focused on the new collector who has not yet been fooled by the negative elements of our society. They don't always use the top grade as the one in the picture herein. This holder looks VERY much, too much like the NGC holder. NGS is NOT a recognized guarantor of quality, although the coin therein may be real the grade is much suspect. I bought

CaptBrian

CaptBrian

05/14/2011

 

Changing times

Times seem to be changing, or I am getting luckier. I found some new babies for my collection. Will be getting back my Morgans in a few more days, 14 of them, and two Olympics too, one proof and one MS. Also, I will be adding in my new St G 1909 MS64, and a few golden oldies. These will be the first new additions to my registry since a while back. Also, I sold a few coins, and will have to delete them from my registry, already took out 20 coins from the silver anniversary collection the MS

CaptBrian

CaptBrian

06/16/2011

 

Customer or victim? Client or dupe? Collector or mark? Investor or fool?

Am I a product of a good home, trusting or just plain stupid? Have any of you folks been 'taken' by your trusted coin dealer? What did you do? What can someone do.I sure would like some feedback here. Some of my collection has been obained, I think, from con men who scammed me into thinking certain coins were worth much more than they were. Thanks: Capt. Brian To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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CaptBrian

07/11/2010

The Trading floor was humming the last 10 days.

Attention Collectors: feast your eyes on this one. My phone has been humming with making trades all over the place. The other day my 1870 $10 MS60 went to Texas. The new owner was elated and the money did not grow any grass here. I found a wonderful coin which I had been secretly searching for and up it popped one day last week and I received it in my hand today. It is a 1907 High Relief $20 Wire Rim PF65. This is a collectors coin. Frank Leach became mint director of the San Fran

CaptBrian

CaptBrian

11/21/2014

LET ME GET THIS STRAIGHT

Will the real price please stand up! Ok ok, dickering is fun. I love a good horse trading afternoon. I like to do it about 2 - 4 PM when my wits are the sharpest. I often find myself in the auction circle selling and buying but I can NEVER figure out how NGC or PCGS prices these things in their sites for Price Guides. Now take fer instance, the 2000 $10 Platinum MS70 Eagle. Some call it a liberty head (which I reserve for the Libs of the 1907 or earlier where it actually says, Liberty on

CaptBrian

CaptBrian

03/24/2015

Oh NO, Irrational exuberance stikes again.

Counterfeit hides in many guises As most of you know, I do a lot of trading and running around the country and world looking for that elusive billion dollar coin. Usually I buy something and am lucky to get my money back not to mention expenses. Unfortunately or fortunately, whatever your bent is, I was long ago bitten by the gold bug. Starting about 1988 I began collecting silver and gold when I could get them and on the path strewn with potholes and landmines I am, I believe ahead of the

CaptBrian

CaptBrian

12/04/2015

A WORLD CLASS COIN

Special coin for a special Nation This addition to my collection has a special place, not only in my collection, but in my heart. I had owned one of these before, not as rare and valuable as this one, but still most important.       The first one was similar, but an MS69 and the significance was not lost because of it not being a perfect 70.       This coin, in my opinion signifies the great loss, sorrow, pain and suffering, which coalesced a fragmented country into one again when t

CaptBrian

CaptBrian

10/19/2014

ALL NEWLY GRADED COINS in registry, except for those with no slots

GONNA BE A LONG TIME TIL I ADD ANOTHER COIN Well, they are all in the pot. About 14 of them were without slots, so I will have to get on my knees and beg Amy to get me some slots and new sets. I know they are backed up with requests, as mentioned before but I have a bunch of orphans that want to join the party. Enjoy looking. I will clean up descriptions and pictures as time permits. (this is like painting the Golden Gate, never finnished.) Happy coining Capt. Brian and Helen The

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CaptBrian

07/24/2010

Acorns to Oaks, or should it be "coins in the fountain"?

Mint and Proof sets, a stack of them... Should they be graded? I have Proof sets, Eisenhower Dollars, dated 1776-1976 with the Kennedy half, and the usual shrapnel that accompanies them, [quarter, dime, nickel & penny]. A separate Eisenhower dollar 1973, a mint set 1/4, nickel, dime and two pennies, a 1970 Kennedy half, with 1/4, nickel, dime, one penny. A 1979 set with Kennedy, and an SBA dollar. [2 of those]. And 2 Eisenhower sets from 1973. All remain in the celophane envelopes an

CaptBrian

CaptBrian

07/31/2010

HOW TO GET MONEY FOR YOUR COLLECTION

Free money for coins. IRS happy too Coin collectors gather round. Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye!. I know, the biggest issue facing us today is how to get money for our collections without stripping our household budget to the bone, leave the Christmas fund alone, the college fund where it can grow and so on and so forth. I retired three years or so ago, and have found that two things loom in my mind that I want to do. One: To travel and two: to grow my coin collection to the highest attain

CaptBrian

CaptBrian

11/29/2015

UPDATE TO GREEN BEANS ETC

This confirms -at least to me- A few days ago, we had a discussion on one of my journals about the 2nd party grading of the CAC, PQ, MAC. Perhaps others to come, which seem to want a piece of the coin grading pie ($s)and not have to go through the processes of the NGCs and PCGSs. I said before and I reiterate; We do not need high fives from anyone but the good guys! NGC and PCGS. Certainly not two or three or more of them. I just went through a session with CAC and finally gave up. The

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CaptBrian

03/31/2015

IN WITH THE OLD (part 2)

15 More Little Indians... I have just completed my third set of the $2.50 Indians of the 1908 - 1929 series. Now I have three complete sets, of the 15 coin set broken by the years the mints did not turn them out. The rarity and desire for these coins are pushing Indian 2.5 dollar gold coin values higher. At the high end of the scale is the 1911-D, the rarest date, this old US gold coins value is Over $15000, when you can find one. With one rare date, and one near rare in the series, t

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CaptBrian

12/21/2013

Beware of criminal coin dealers (Part II)

I have returned from vacation and here is where it stands. I will still not mention names, as we (the dealer in question) and I had another conversation on the phone regarding the transaction in question and it is not resolved as yet. The fellow on the selling end has left it with, I will get back to you. again. That is fine, I have documented the situation and time is on my side. I simply told him that I want my money back or I will take steps. I outlined some of my abilities to plead my

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CaptBrian

10/17/2013